Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3210   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
Bottle conditioned.
First brewed 1996; claimed to be based on a recipe from 1679 which used wheat, oat and barley.
Tripel Karmeliet is a very refined and complex golden-to-bronze brew with a fantastic creamy head. These characteristics derive not only from the grains used but also from restrained hopping with Styrians and the fruity nature (banana and vanilla) of the house yeast. Aroma has hints of vanilla mixed with citrus aromas. Tripel Karmeliet has not only the lightness and freshness of wheat, but also the creaminess of oats together with a spicy lemony almost quinine dryness.

pootzboy's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1687) - Hopville, Ontario, - NOV 12, 2012
Bottle - decants a golden hued hazed ale with a 3 finger meringue cap. lively natural carbonation, Medium bodied but light spritzy character - probably the result of both wheat and oats in the grain bill. Aroma is ambrosia - sweet toffee with succulent fruits, some citrus, musty yeast tones and spicey hopping. Flavour and mouth feel are lush, chewy malts in front well balanced with sharp hopping and big fruitiness - middle is complex where flavors develop...vanilla, peach, spice, citrus - finish goes dry and lightly bitter with a sharp hop bite at the end then a pleasing warming. Hides its alcohol well. A very pleasant, soothing and drinkable tripel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LeWorm (36) - FRANCE - MAY 5, 2016
En bouteille 33cl. Sublime robe jaune dorée, mousse abondante. Nez agrumes et herbes. Sucrée sans être écoeurante, alcool caché, très florale. Palais long sans amertume. Excellente.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gespuccian (71) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Aroma is some wheat, a bit of citrus. It looks almost like a champagne - a very light, transparent yellow, with good effervescence. Taste is full - banana, wheat, and slightly sweet. But not overpowering. The taste is somewhat restrained by the beer’s lightness that provides an impressive balance and hides the higher ABV. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and yet somehow, slightly dry, too. A very impressive beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
digitalmacchi (7) - Porza, SWITZERLAND - APR 21, 2016 does not count
Na birra buona qn fors troppa schiuma quindi molto gasata. Bella amare e gustosa

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flatmatt (1383) - Northville, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2016
On tap. Pours a clear golden with a white head. Bubble gum and clove yeasty aroma. Yeasty bubble gum and clove flavor as well, with an overall herbal flavor to it, and a touch of honey biscuit. Quite a great tripel, as it happens.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goofy34 (59) - Saint jean de vedas, FRANCE - APR 20, 2016
Nez fleurie et agrume, belle couleur jaune citron trouble. Au goût : agrumes un peu d’épices et de fleurs...Très pétillante et rafraîchissante.. C’est bon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Melker (248) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2016
The head on this is super foamy and big, had to wait for few minutes before drinking. Got that tripel aroma as soon as i started pouring, lots of flowers, banana, apple and pepper. It’s really a fresh taste to it, sweet upfront but ends dry. Low bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BobyFischer (277) - FRANCE - APR 18, 2016
Robe blonde paille, un peu trouble, un peu blondasse.Mousse fine vigoureuse de triple belge, mais collant peu. Nez acidulé de citron/agrumes, levurage et épices (cannelle, girofle).De la banane aussi et de la vanille.Le nez est complexe, puissant, excellent. Bouche : corps super léger, acidité, fluide, levurage.Bouche décevante bien que désaltérante.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beggard (39) - - APR 15, 2016
0,75l Bottle, Beerlovers Vienna. Intensive wheat, banana, fruity aroma. Golden color with a mild head, not too clear. Very well carbonated. Taste of malt, wheat also present, bit sour and bitter at the end. Carbonation disappears slowly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lbianchi66 (270) - FRANCE - APR 15, 2016
Robe blonde et limpide. Arômes fruits jaunes, banane haribo, épices. Idem en bouche avec des notes maltées qui tiennent en bouche. Texture sirupeuse. Particulier mais j’aime bien.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chad9976 (1584) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 26C Belgian Tripel

AROMA: Pungent fruit and spice. Green apple, banana, flowers, clove, black pepper. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Deep gold; slightly hazy; CO2 visible. Large, white, foamy head. 3/3

FLAVOR: Spicy tingly sensation immediate. Peppercorn and alcohol first followed by blonde/pale malt. Lemonpeel, banana, melon and green pear on second half. Spicy sensation on finish. Delicious. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium/full body. Highly effervescent. Dry finish. Some alcohol warmth complements palette. Refreshing and crisp. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Classic example in every facet. Delectable and enjoyable drinking experience. 9/10


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